Opinion on Energy and Utilities in Ukraine

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Gazprom and Naftogaz: closer relationship likely

A partnership between Russia's Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz, inconceivable 18 months ago, now looks likely. With Ukraine under pressure to reduce its massive budget deficit, and with Russia keen to shore up a key route to the European gas market in the face of increasing competition, some form of takeover seems imminent.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Sep 2010
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Round three of Russia/Ukraine conflict looms

Alarm bells sounded across Eastern European capitals this weekend as Gazprom warned that Naftohaz was perilously close to defaulting on debts for gas received - one of several triggers behind this year's and previous gas disputes which left thousands across Europe without heating. Although the climate may have warmed since January, Moscow's relations with Kiev and Brussels remain decidedly frosty.

Published By Datamonitor
26 May 2009
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Crunch time for Nabucco

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan delivered a pointed message to European energy markets on a three-day visit to Brussels last week, stating that, if talks on Turkey's accession to the EU remain blocked: "we would of course review our position". This was Ankara 'playing the energy card', and demonstrated how developments through 2008 have changed Europe's energy outlook.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jan 2009
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Europe could do so much more to end the Russia-Ukraine standoff

Headlines have tentatively suggested that the Russia-Ukraine gas crisis is coming to a close, and EU monitors are now in place on both sets of borders, independently verifying which party is withholding the gas. However, while this is an important step, the underlying issues remain stubbornly unresolved.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jan 2009
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Brinkmanship in Kiev and Moscow can only last so long

In stark contrast to their 2006 gas dispute, Ukraine's political leaders bear as much responsibility for the current standoff as their Russian counterparts. Although Kiev perhaps believes that it is in the country's best interests to continue delaying an agreement, such tactics are already eroding support for its situation in Western capitals.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2009
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US support for Lithuanian LNG plant indicative of frenetic attempts to reduce Russian gas dependence

Following the military conflict in Georgia and the potential 'loss' of the EU-US backed 'fourth corridor' of energy supplies from the Caucuses/Central Asia, liquefied natural gas is rapidly gaining traction across European states as a strategic supply option. Yet it is the US, as much as the EU, that is driving renewed interest in LNG in Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Oct 2008
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Tymoshenko's paper tiger

On October 3, Ukraine and Russia signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which price increases for gas imports will be spread over three years. Although Kiev appears to have secured supply at a manageable cost, lack of detail in the agreement and turmoil in Ukrainian politics suggests the deal will have little impact in the long run.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Oct 2008
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Gazprom: sends Ukraine new warning signals over gas price

In a world with growing international competition for supplies, Gazprom is reported to have agreed to gradually increase the price that it pays for Central Asian gas, in order to secure supplies from the region that may otherwise be exported to China and to Europe directly via the Nabucco pipeline. As a result, Ukraine may be forced to increase its import prices or risk supply disruption.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2008
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CommentWire

Shell: using brand capital in Ukraine

Shell has signed a joint venture agreement with Alliance Group in Ukraine that continues the company's recent strategy of investing in high-growth retail markets through partnerships. This policy allows Shell to capitalize on its brand while minimizing investment; a prudent move should these growth markets experience the same competitive pressures currently affecting Shell in its western markets.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Apr 2007
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CommentWire

Power market liberalization: rich Ukrainian pickings await western utilities

Ukraine is seeking to attract much-needed investment into its aging power infrastructure and, despite previous failed attempts, is putting its faith in market liberalization to bring this about. Although many uncertainties remain for such a move, this country of nearly 50 million people offers significant growth potential for Europe's cash-rich leading utilities, and thus could prove enticing.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Apr 2007

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